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Syracuse U. grad served as 'Mad Men' inspiration

By Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - One of the inspirations for TV character Don Draper was a farm boy from upstate New York.

That's how Bruce Daniels refers to his late father, Draper Daniels, one of the real-life inspirations for the central character played by Jon Hamm in the AMC series, "Mad Men."

Series creator Matthew Weiner has said he modeled part of Don Draper's name and attributes from Draper Daniels, a successful Madison Avenue advertising executive whose credits included such iconic ad campaigns as the Marlboro Man, Charlie Tuna and Tony the
Tiger.

Bruce Daniels tells the Post-Standard of Syracuse that his father grew up in the rural Otsego County village of Morris and graduated from Syracuse University. He died in 1983.

The son says he's writing a book about his father's prominent role in the advertising industry.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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